The Head’s Perspective

Check out recommended readings and other musings from Wildwood’s Head of School Landis Green

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The Head’s Perspective: Mastery Transcript Consortium
September 22, 2017
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  Click here to listen to this blog.   Just a few years ago I was sitting in the admissions office at a highly selective technical institute, asking the question I always ask when I get time alone with a college admissions representative: What do they know of current undergraduates that would inform our work […]
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The Head’s Perspective: The Sound of Music, WWII, and Depth Over Breadth
March 14, 2017
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Meeting a Holocaust survivor is humbling. I’m sure it’s different for each of us, depending on our own perspective and history, but hearing the stories of survivors—like Paula Lebovics, who spoke at middle and upper last week—inevitably leaves us feeling horrified, sad, and grateful to be in the presence of someone who’s experienced the unthinkable […]
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Global Citizenship and World Languages: Our Mission in Action
November 2, 2016
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Well over a year ago, my colleagues and I began a process to reconsider how we approach language instruction at Wildwood. Having reviewed scholarly research, best practices in other school environments, and having structured conversations with teachers, administrative leaders, parents, and students, I’m enthusiastic about the introduction of our K-12 Global Citizenship and World Languages […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Ben, Becca, and the Extra Space After a Period.
June 2, 2016
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As another academic year comes to an end and we prepare to part ways for a well-earned summer break, I’m reflecting happily and with great pride on the year about to close. One of my proudest moments involved looking out over the 300 or so people gathered in the elementary Commons for this spring’s State […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Black Mountain College
April 28, 2016
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All roads seem to have led to Black Mountain College recently, or at least to the wonderful exhibition of work at the Hammer. We were in Berlin over spring break, and I went to the Hamburger Banhoff, Berlin’s contemporary art museum, to see an amazing show, Manifesto, by Julian Rosefeldt. I hadn’t realized that Leap […]
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The Head’s Perspective: The Wildwood Board of Trustees Demystified
March 23, 2016
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“The Board” conjures different things for different people. Vision. Work. Power. Responsibility. Philanthropy. These collections of people who care about and for an organization work tirelessly to further its goals—for profit, for social good, for children. Wildwood School’s Board of Trustees is focused on the latter, of course. One could argue—and I would—that our Board […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Living Up to Our Highest Ideals
January 28, 2016
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A long-time Wildwood parent and I were at a school event recently. It was an admissions event, and we’d just heard a panel of current upper schoolers answer questions about the long-view of their Wildwood School experience. Two of them were his, and he was understandably proud. His third child is already off at college, […]
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The Both/And of Content and Skills in Project-Based Learning
November 4, 2015
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  A few weeks ago there were two articles in the New York Times that provided an interesting juxtaposition, although I’m not sure that was intentional. Claire Cain Miller’s article, “How the Modern Workplace Has Become Like Preschool,” underscores the pragmatic value of teaching children how to be in relationship with one another, to self-regulate, […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Inspiring Kids
October 13, 2015
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How many of us have been involved in conversations about teachers who stuck with us? They may have asked the right question, pushed us a bit further than we’d have thought we could go, said something that made us see the world differently, or simply given us the perfect praise just when we needed it. […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Rethinking How Students Succeed
March 12, 2015
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Based on years of conversations with Wildwood parents, it’s clear to me that most of you, like me, are drawn to Wildwood because our work with students isn’t limited to the narrow content that most of us associate with our own school experiences. That broader, deeper focus includes, of course, the kinds of programs that […]